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Chapter 4 - Alcoholic Beverages

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Chapter Contents:

Article I - In General

Article II - License




Article I - In General

Sec. 4-1. Definitions.

The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this Chapter, shall have the meanings ascribed to them by this Section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:

Intoxicating liquor - means and includes alcohol for beverage purposes, alcoholic, spirituous, vinous, fermented, malt or other liquors, or combinations of liquors, a part of which is spirituous, vinous or fermented, and all preparations or mixtures for beverage purposes, containing in excess of one-half of one percent by volume, except for non-intoxicating beer as defined in RSMo 312.010. All beverages having an alcoholic content of less than one-half of one percent by volume shall be exempt from the provisions of this Chapter, but subject to inspection as provided by RSMo 196.365 – 196.445.

Malt liquor - means and includes all beer having an alcoholic content of more than three and two-tenths percent by weight and not in excess of five percent by weight.

Wine - means and includes light wines containing not in excess of fourteen percent of alcohol by weight exclusively from grapes, berries and other fruits and vegetables.

Non intoxicating beer - means and includes any beer manufactured from pure hops or pure extract of hops and pure barley malt or other wholesome grains or cereals and wholesome yeast and pure water and free from all harmful substances, preservatives and adulterants and having an alcoholic content of more than one-half of one percent by volume and not exceeding 3.2 percent by weight.

Amusement Places - As used in this Code section, the term "amusement place" means any establishment whose business building contains a square footage of at least ten thousand square feet, and where games of skill commonly known as bowling or soccer are usually played, and which has annual gross receipts of at least two hundred thousand dollars of which no more than fifty percent may be derived from the sale of alcoholic beverages. (Ord. 2826, §2; Ord. 3015, §3; Ord. 3587, §1) (Ord. 452, §1; Ord. 495, §1; Ord. 496, §1; Ord. 1829, §1; Ord. 2825, §2; Ord. 2826, §2; Ord. 3015, §3; Ord. 3587, §1’ Ord. 3683, §1)




Sec. 4-2. Drinking in public.

It shall be unlawful for any person to drink, expose or display any beer or alcoholic liquors in open containers upon the public streets or within any public place of the city; provided, however, that this Section shall not apply to public places legally licensed and where such drinking is permitted. Exceptions to this section may be granted by City Administration on a case-by-case basis. The administrative procedures shall be as follows:

  1. Required. Approval from City Administration is required before beer and/or wine are allowed on public property.

  2. Application. A person seeking authorization for alcohol in public shall file an application with the City Administrator or his/her designee. The application shall contain:

    1. Name and address of applicant sponsoring the activity.

    2. Location, date and time for desired activity.

    3. Type of activity and is alcohol to be served. If yes, name caterer or alcohol provider, responsible party.

    4. Estimated number of attendance.

    5. Any other information found to be reasonably necessary by Administration.

  3. Standards of issuance. City Administration shall grant authorization when:

    1. The proposed activity shall include a Rolla Police Officer for security services to reduce the possibility of disorderly conduct. The cost of services shall be the responsibility of the applicant.

    2. The proposed activity is supported by a certificate of insurance naming the City of Rolla as additional insured. The policy shall cover general liability and alcohol if applicable. The person responsible shall be liable for any loss, damage or injury sustained related to the activity.

    3. The proposed activity will not unreasonably interfere with or detract from the general public enjoyment at the activity location.

    4. The location desired has not been reserved for other use at the date and time specified on the application.

  4. Effect of authorization. Once authorized, the responsible party shall be bound by all location rules and regulations and all applicable ordinances set by the City of Rolla.

  5. Revocation. City Administration shall have the authority to revoke an application upon any finding of violation of any rule, ordinance or upon good cause shown.

  6. Appeal. If an application is rejected, City Administration shall apprise the applicant, in writing, of the reasons for refusing the application. Any applicant shall have the right to appeal the City Administration’s decisions to the City Council at the next Council meeting. The decision of City Council shall be final. (Ord. 1008, §1; Ord. 3683, §1)



Sec. 4-3. Hours of operation.

Sales of malt liquors or intoxicating liquor. It shall be unlawful for any person to sell, give away or otherwise dispose of, or suffer the same to be done in, upon or about his/her premises, any malt liquor, whether intoxicating or non-intoxicating or any intoxicating liquor in any quantity between the hours of 1:30 A.M. and 6:00 A.M. on weekdays and between the hours of 1:30 A.M. Sunday and 9:00 A.M. Sunday and 12:00 A.M. Monday to 6:00 A.M. Monday. (Ord. 2333, §1; Ord. 2576, §1; Ord. 2933, §2; Ord. 3015, §1; Ord. 3587, §1)

Sales of non-intoxicating beer during certain hours. No person having a license under this Chapter shall sell, give away or otherwise dispose of or suffer the same to be done, upon or about his/her premises, any nonintoxicating beer in any quantity between the hours of 1:30 A.M. and 6:00 A.M. (Ord. 452, §10; Ord, 495, §10; Ord. 1332, §1; Ord. 1345, §1-2)

Sunday sales. It shall be unlawful for any person engaged in the selling of non-intoxicating beer and intoxicating liquor by the drink at retail for consumption on the premises of any restaurant bar to sell between the hours of 1:30 A.M. and 9:00 A.M. Sunday pursuant to Section 4-3 of this Code. (Ord. 1975, §1; Ord. 2825, §4; Ord. 3015, §2; Ord. 3587, §1) (Ord. 452, §10; Ord. 1345, §2; Ord. 2333, §1; Ord. 2576, §1; Ord. 2933, §2; Ord. 3015, §1; Ord. 3587, §1; Ord. 3683, §1)




Sec. 4-4. Purchase or possession by a minor - Prohibited; penalty provisions.

  1. It shall be unlawful for any person under the age of twenty-one (21) years to knowingly purchase or attempt to purchase or knowingly have in his possession any intoxicating liquor as defined in Section 311.020 RSMo. 1978.

  2. Any person found guilty of violating the provisions of this Section shall be subject to a fine of not to exceed five hundred and no/100 ($500.00) dollars or be subject to imprisonment in jail for a period not to exceed three (3) months, or by both such fine and confinement. (Ord. 2381, §1; Ord. 3683, §1)



Sec. 4-5. Sale or supplying liquor to minors - Prohibited; penalty provisions.

  1. It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly sell, vend, give away or otherwise supply any intoxicating liquor as defined in Section 311.020 RSMo. 1978 in any quantity whatsoever to any persons under the age of twenty-one (21) years.

  2. Any person found guilty of violating the provisions of this Section shall be subject to a fine not to exceed five hundred and no/100 ($500.00) dollars, or be subject to imprisonment in jail for a period not to exceed three (3) months, or by both such fine and confinement. (Ord. 2382, §1; Ord. 3683, §1)



Sec. 4-6 to 4-14. Reserved.




Article II - License

Sec. 4-15. License - Required

It shall be unlawful for any person to sell or expose for sale, either at wholesale or retail, within the city any intoxicating liquor, in any quantity, without having first procured a license from the Finance Department in accordance with the provisions of this Article. Nothing in this Article shall be construed as limiting the right of a physician to prescribe intoxicating liquor in accordance with his/her professional judgment for any patient at any time or prevent a druggist from selling intoxicating liquor, lawfully acquired, to a person on prescription from a regularly licensed physician as above provided. (Ord. 496, §5; Ord. 3683, §1)




Sec. 4-16. Compliance with State law and compliance with all City Codes

Before any applicant shall be entitled to procure a license from the city, the applicant must first satisfy all the requirements of the State liquor laws and obtain a license from the State supervisor of liquor control to engage in such business. Any person, having proven to satisfy the requirements of the liquor laws of the State and compliance with all City ordinances, including the correct City property zone as prescribed in Chapter 42 of the Rolla City Code, shall be eligible to make application for a license to sell intoxicating liquors within the City, at retail or wholesale, for consumption on the premises where sold in the original package, in accordance with the type of license obtained from the state supervisor of liquor control.. (Ord. 396, §4; Ord. 496, §2-6; Ord. 1288, §1; Ord. 2597, §1; Ord. 3053, §2; Ord. 3519, §1; Ord. 3683, §1)




Sec. 4-17. Annual license fees.

The annual fee for a liquor license required by this Chapter shall be as follows:

1. 5% Beer/Wine in original package $75.00 – Monday – Saturday
2. 5% Beer/Wine in original package $375.00 – Monday – Sunday
3. 5% Beer/Wine by the drink $75.00 – Monday – Saturday
4. 5% Beer/Wine by the drink $375.00 – Monday – Sunday
5. 5% Beer original package $75.00 – Monday – Sunday
6. 5% Beer by the drink $75.00 – Monday – Sunday
7. Liquor packaged $150.00 – Monday – Saturday
8. Liquor packaged $450.00 – Monday – Sunday
9. Liquor by the drink $450.00 – Monday – Saturday
10. Liquor by the drink $750.00 – Monday – Sunday
11. Original Package Tasting $35.00 – Monday – Sunday
12. Retail Liquor by Drink Picnic $35.00 – Monday – Sunday
13. 5% Beer by Drink Wine Picnic $150.00 – Monday – Sunday
14. Retail Liquor by Drink Caterer $15.00 – per day
15. Retail Liquor by Drink Caterer $1,500.00 – Unlimited
16. Retail Liquor by Drink Caterer $750.00 – 50 Events
17. 5% Beer Wine Caterer $15.00 – per day

(Ord. 2934, §1; Ord. 3587, §1; Ord. 3683, §1)




Sec. 4-18. Prorating of license fees.

On approval of the application for the issuance of any license for the first time under this Chapter, the applicant shall pay a license fee of as many twelfths of the total license tax as there are months, part of the total month counts as a month, remaining from the date of the issuance of the license to the next succeeding July first. (Ord. 1012, §1; Ord. 3053, §2; Ord. 3313, §2; Ord. 3587, §1; Ord. 3683, §1)




Sec. 4-19. Issuance

The license required by Section 4-15 shall be issued by the Finance Department upon payment of the license fee and the funds shall be deposited into the credit of the general revenue fund. Every license issued under this Article shall particularly describe the premises at which intoxicating liquors may be sold there under, and such license shall not be deemed to authorize the sale of intoxicating liquors at any other place than that described therein. (Ord. 496, §4; Ord. 3683, §1)




Sec. 4-20. Term

A license issued under this Article shall be valid for a period of one (1) year from July 1 to the following June 30. (Ord. 3683, 11)




Sec. 4-21. Transfer.

Transfer to other person. No license for the sale of intoxicating liquor shall be transferable to another person.

Transfer to different location. No license for the sale of intoxicating liquor shall be transferable to another location. An application must be completed for each location. (Ord. 3683, §1)




Sec. 4-22 to 4-26. Reserved




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